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MDV Barossa Valley - Black Pearl - Shiraz

2009


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The Black Pearl is indeed a jewel in the crown for the emerging MDV range. The colour is a deep purple with dark garnet around the rim. The bouquet offers up the array of warm Barossa fruits such as prunes and raisins. Developing secondary layers as the wine opens up, it drifts into notes that resemble pink Turkish fairy floss and classic liquorice.

The palate is soft with a sensual mouth feel, building into its fine integrated tannins to establish a wine with finesse and length.

Cellaring for 7 years plus, I would decant for one hour and enjoy with rare rib eye on the bone with a red wine jus laced with a hint of star anise. 

Review and notes by Dr. Michael Ryan (aka Dr. Plonk)

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MDV Barossa Valley - Jack Raj - Shiraz Grenache

2009


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Review by Rebecca Hope - The Gourmet Belle

When searching for a top drop of Shiraz or Grenache, it is pretty hard to go past Australia's Barossa Valley.

So I didn't (though, I did consider a little detour to McLaren Vale along the way; definitely a worthy rival when it comes to these lush, palate pleasing grapes).

I didn't even bother choosing between the two varieties; opting, instead, to crack open a bottle of the 2009 MDV Barossa Jack Raj Shiraz Grenache. The Jack Raj is named after the winemaker's son and is a testament to the nurturing hand employed in crafting this fine wine. The even 50/50 amount of its two varieties is evident and the distinctive characteristics of each are in perfect harmony.

Vibrant red and purple mixed berries, sour plums and a kick of fresh aniseed fill out the generous front palate. Incredibly soft tannins and refreshing acid from the Shiraz make for a svelte and clean finish. The wine is not overly intense, yet the bright fruit flavours and fine palate leave you wanting more.

I would perhaps consider matching this lighter style Barossa blend with confit duck, Spanish tapas or barbequed meats. However, it also tends to slip down very easily without the aid of food!

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MDV Barossa Valley - Ashton Will - Shiraz Grenache Mataro

2009


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The Ashton will is a blend of 40% Shiraz, 40% Grenache and 20% Mataro. The wine is a rich deep garnet in colour. The bouquet is a collage of dark cherries, raisins and prunes.

The ruby nature of the Grenache is present, albeit mildly, and is married well with the earthy notes of the Mataro. Complex oak nuances of French and American origin help carry these seductive aromas. The palate is warm and luscious as it glides over the taste buds and is bolstered by bold yet integrated tannins.

This is drinking superbly now after 1 hour in the decanter and will cellar well for 7 years plus. I would enjoy with rare roasted rack of lamb and celeriac mash.

Review and notes by Dr. Michael Ryan (aka Dr. Plonk)

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FAT FISH Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009


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The 2009 Fat Fish Shiraz from the irrepressible Barossa Valley. It’s dark, if not almost black colour  beguiles the palate, showing such deep ripe berries that rise to a crescendo on the palate and ebb to a trickle of fine tannins on a wave of the conductor’s baton.
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Per Dozen: $264.00
[Bottle: $22.00]
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